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First Dates Viewers Divided As Woman Is Furious After Man Asks Her To Split Bill

First Dates Viewers Divided As Woman Is Furious After Man Asks Her To Split Bill

First Dates sparked a heated debate online last night after one guest was less than impressed when her suitor offered to 'go Dutch' on dinner.

Wednesday night's show reflected back on old episodes which featured dates which weren't a success.

And one of the most painful examples was that of music producer Steve and his date Elaine, who had different ideas of date etiquette when it came to paying up.

Things looked like they were going well for the pair at first, as they'd even discussed another date, and enjoyed a dance together in the middle of the meal.

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However, when the waitress came over to take payment, Steve suggested they split the bill, to Elaine's absolute dismay.

Check out a clip below:

After taking a look at how much dinner had cost, Steve pushed the receipt over to Elaine and said: "I ain't got that."

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Baffled, Elaine asked Steve "what exactly he was asking her".

Steve then asked the waitress to give them some time before asking Elaine: "So, shall we go Dutch?"

This question didn't wash well with Elaine, though, as while she agreed she looked visibly furious to be asked, and could be seen shaking her head as she put some money down on the table.

She still hadn't given enough, though, and Steve proceeded to ask her for "10 quid more".

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It's safe to say the waitress was squirming (Credit: Channel 4)
It's safe to say the waitress was squirming (Credit: Channel 4)

Speaking to the camera after the awkward moment, Elaine said "I'm shocked, I'm still trying to get over it."

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She added that she wouldn't completely rule Steve out until they'd spoken about it, but told producers she was "very, very disappointed" in her date.

"I have some concerns... about the bill," Elaine said in the confessional afterwards.

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"I'm about equal opportunities, aren't I darling?," Steve joked in response.

Steve told Elaine he didn't have enough money (Credit: Channel 4)
Steve told Elaine he didn't have enough money (Credit: Channel 4)
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Safe to say this didn't wash with Elaine, though, who told her date: "I don't want to be with somebody like that that, I don't, I'm sorry."

It's safe to say they never saw each other again.

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Taking to social media after watching the encounter, there were mixed views, to say the least.

"I don't see why the man has to be expected to pay the Bill #FirstDates - she doesn't even know what his financial status is! I think Elaine was rude!," one viewer wrote after watching everything play out.

Elaine was not impressed (Credit: Channel 4)
Elaine was not impressed (Credit: Channel 4)

Meanwhile, another agreed: "No! Sorry! Pay for your own meal on a first date!! Why do some women expect someone they've never met before to pay the whole bill?? #FirstDates".

A third concurred: "I hate that men should be expected to pay the full bill. It's a blind date so they have never met, suppose it would be different if it wasn't a blind date and he'd asked her out. #FirstDates".

Some disagreed, though.

"#FirstDates are we going Dutch - yeh mate and also home alone !! So the big music producer wants to split the bill- on her bike mate !!," one penned.

As another wrote:" Im all for splitting the bill , but his attitude stinks #FirstDates".

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4

Topics: TV News, Sex and Relationships, TV Entertainment, first dates

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